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Historians in the Making: The Eighth Grade Family History Project

Historians in the Making: The Eighth Grade Family History Project

The eighth graders recently reached a milestone in their final year of middle school – they turned in their Family History Projects to Mr. Wellen!

The Family History Project has been a part of the Latin curriculum for nearly 35 years. Students have three months to complete this project, which entails:

  • An interview with a family member
  • A family tree with a written prose version of the tree that tells stories of one side by generation
  • A section focused on a long story about a person or family tradition, in which they use their interview as a primary source
  • The final section is a collection of documents and photos

The students do the project to be able to learn how to become historians. They study the oral history throughout the year to get prepared to interview relatives. Writing about a students' own family allows them to see how history impacts their daily lives and learn much about themselves they didn't know. The important thing is that it allows students to immerse themselves in history. It is also provides a permanent record of family stories.


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